Post # 1
My fiance and I are having a very laid-back, outdoor mountain wedding, and we want to give out little spruce seedlings as favors. Probably with a little tag on them explaining what to do (planting instructions, ) and a slightly cheesy statement about love growing. Or something.
One of the reasons we want to do this is because the mountainous area we live in had a huuuge fire rip through a few years ago and still looks pretty barren. I know 50 little trees wont make a difference, but its the thought that counts, right…?
what do you think of this idea?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
I love that you have a special reason for picking a tree favor — and it sounds like it really "fits" with your and your fiance’s personalities. Maybe you could circulate word that if guests don’t want to plant it, they could give it to another guest who would be happy to take care of the gardening?
Post # 4
I second Miss B. I know if I got one I would plant it in our garden, but I have a lot of friends who live in apartments so they wouldn’t be able to do that. If they could share it with someone else that would be great, or could you do maybe half and half, with some actual trees, and some cards with a donation to something like the Arbor Day Foundation?
Post # 5
I personally would be too lazy to plant and I live in an apartment complex so I would really have no where to plant it to be honest… I mean it would be nice, and I might keep it in my apartment till it dies but that’s probably it ^_^ sorry!
Post # 6
If I had a house I’d plant it, but I live in an apartment, so no, I wouldn’t have anywhere to plant it. HOWEVER you could offer something else in addition the trees, right? That way people who want to plant one can, and people who don’t/can’t could have a little something (maybe little potted herbs?) to take home.
Post # 7
Bruschetta has a good idea. I voted that it would probably die before I got a chance to plant it. I think in theory, it’s a wonderful idea. It’s you. It’s personal. It helps the environment. But I think many people won’t bother to plant. I think that offering to give someone else the tree if they don’t want it is a nice thought though. Some people live in apartments. Some peole have no desire. Some people, like me, who are the worst ones, will be gung ho for it and take it home, but then will procrastinate until it’s too late.:(
But really, does it matter if some of the trees don’t get planted, or if they do get planted and die? What else will you give them? Food might please a broader range of people. But if trees are you, go for it. If your guests aren’t crazy for them, they’ll be fine. It’s not going to ruin their entire evening.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
I had a friend give tiny trees at her wedding. I just didn’t take one because I didn’t have a yard to plant it in (I was in college), so if you go this route I’d buy less than one for each couple.
Post # 9
I live in NYC. I don’t have anywhere to plant one :p I do love the idea though!
Post # 10
I think it’s a fabulous idea as long as most of your guests have yards, and are local and won’t have to bring the seedling home on a plane or anything. If I had a garden and got a seedling as a wedding favor, I’d be super excited 🙂
Post # 11
I think it’s a nice idea. I’d put them all near the door to leave, that way people who have a yard or a place to plant it can take one. Those who don’t can leave theirs there. Maybe you can have a sign, and add that for the guests who don’t have the space to plant theirs, that you will be donating to that charity that plants trees. What is that charity? I forget. I think I read about it on here. Or you could just say that you’ll take "their" tree and plant it for them somewhere.
Post # 12
I like the intention behind the favor, but many of your guests might not plant them. Instead, why don’t you find an organization that plants trees in that area, and donate to them the equivalent amount that you were going to spend on the favor, so they can plant the 50 trees. Then, have a note in your programs, or a small little note at the placesettings, indicating that a tree has been planted in their honor, to help repopulate the local area which was recently devastated by fire. Nobody really cares about having something tangible to take home with them, and I’m sure most would appreciate the gesture.
Post # 13
I like the idea but agree that some people may not be able to plant them. I like jhphi’s idea to donate to the rehabilitation of the area.
Post # 14
My husband and I planted a tree with http://www.americanforests.org/ for every guest who attended our wedding instead of giving them something they would just throw away. We thought about giving them seeds, but realized they would be wasted. We framed a nice sign explaining what we did and placed it on the escort card table. We felt great about making a difference.
Post # 15
My fiance and I were thinking of the same sort of thing. I love the idea, but rather than doing a spruce tree, we’re thinking about doing baby lilac bushes. We’re doing purples so it’d tie in with the colors. My mom had gotten really small ones several years ago, from the arbor day foundation i think, and they’re huge.
Post # 16
Ok, could you have the trees as favors, but for the ones not taken, donate those to a local park or something? Then guests can feel like they are getting a favor, if they want one. (And it’s something nice for their home, to think of you and your wedding.) But then the extra trees won’t go to waste. You could call a local park to see if they would take the trees. And instead of some guests going home thinking, they got nothing and some other guests got two trees etc, they can know that if they can’t accomodate the tree (apartment, plane ride) the tree will be donated in their name….